Like most ‘90’s kids I grew up reading Goosebumps and Animorphs, which were great, but I had grown out of them by the time I was in high school.
Then I discovered The Count of Monte Cristo, which lead to me reading more classics. By senior year I found Jane Austen and I was hooked.
Since I just recently joined the Classics Club, I thought this Top Ten Tuesday I would discuss why I love Classics so much. (Although I want to point out that my reasons aren’t exclusive to Classics and do show up in other genres.)
1. They stand the test of time – It can be hard to decide which book you want to read next. I have found contemporary gems, but sometimes you just want a better bet. Even if I don’t like a particular Classic, there is usually something in it to challenge you. Which leads to my next point…
2. They’re challenging – I love my fun reads, but there is nothing quite like a book that is both enjoyable and challenges your point of view. I’m constantly pushed to see the world differently when I read Classics.
3. They strengthen your reading skills – I’m embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I read Pride and Prejudice I had a dictionary right beside me. I hadn’t read 19th Century English literature before and it took me some time to get through the book. Its unbelievable now that I had such a hard time reading literature in high school and I’m glad I didn’t give up.
4. They have amazing characters – Not only are the leads stellar, the supporting cast members are unique as well. Not enough credit is given to stories that not only have strong leads and antagonists, but also strong secondary characters.
5. They have complex structure & plots – I mean, The Count of Monte Cristo, enough said. I never knew that complex stories could be so exciting. I was coming from Goosebumps and Animorphs, which are fun, but have simple narratives. The Count of Monte Cristo was the first book I wrote notes down. High School me thought that would take away from my enjoyment, but it was quite the opposite.
6. They have re-readability – I don’t re-read a lot because my TBR list is ridiculously long, but when I do it’s usually a classic. Because of their complexity and depth I can re-read and have a whole new experience each time.
7. The characters are worthy of crushes – I mean, between Austen, Bronte, and Gaskell we got some swoon-worthy men. Am I right, ladies?
8. You can time travel – I can experience a variety of different eras, moments, and locations. I’ve learned so much about history just by reading about the daily lives of different characters in these periods.
9. You can see ‘the original’ – A lot of stories we read (or see, movies love to reinterpret classic stories) originate from a classic story. Why not check out where it all began?
10. I am so excited to share with my daughter – Even though my girl is a toddler, I can’t wait. I know soon I’ll be able to read Wizard of Oz, Narnia, and The Secret Garden with her!